Archive for Hours of Service

How to Manage Transportation in any Environment

How does a company create and execute an effective transportation plan that meets customer expectations, regardless of potential market disruptions? While there is no silver bullet, there are steps that shippers can take to obtain capacity and optimize performance. And, the heavy lifting begins before a single shipment is loaded or moved.

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This Week in Logistics News (November 11-15, 2013)

Lots of interesting news to discuss today, so let’s go straight to it. Descartes Unveils Same-Day Delivery Optimization Technology Amazon to Begin Sunday Deliveries, With Post Office’s Help (Wall Street Journal) Gap Inc. Pushes Omnichannel Focus (Women’s Wear Daily) Freight Shipments Rose 0.8% in September from August University of Maryland Selects Resilinc as Supply Chain Risk Partner Truckers Tire of Government Sleep Rules (Wall Street Journal) Lots of news this week related to omni-channel fulfillment […]

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Hours of Service: The “Obamacare” of the Trucking Industry?

The new Hours of Service regulations, which went into effect July 1, 2013, might well be the “Obamacare” of the trucking industry, with yet another challenge issued last Thursday when U.S. Reps. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Tom Rice (R-SC) and Mike Michaud (D-ME) introduced the TRUE Safety Act. The bill specifically targets the 34-hour restart rule, which is the most controversial part of the new HOS regulations, much like the individual mandate is for Obamacare. Here are […]

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What is the Future of Truckload Transportation?

There’s been a common thread in my conversations with shippers over the past few years: their desire to take freight off the truckload grid — i.e., minimize the number of one-way truck shipments they make. This desire is driven by a number of factors, including: Capacity concerns: A lot of capacity has left the market since 2008, with many carriers going bankrupt when the recession hit and others downsizing their fleets. This hasn’t been a […]

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Takeaways from Shipper-Carrier Roundtable at Momentum 2013

What happens when you bring together a large group of shippers and carriers and put them in a conference room? At the Manhattan Associates Momentum 2013 conference last month, the answer was a great conversation about transportation trends, challenges, and opportunities. I had the privilege of moderating this year’s Shipper-Carrier Roundtable, which included the following executives from the industry: Joshua Dolan, Senior Director, Transportation at Dick’s Sporting Goods Arne Gonzales, Director, Supply Chain at C&S […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 25 – March 1, 2013)

The appliance repair guy showed up this morning to confirm what I already suspected: my refrigerator is on life support and will soon die. My five year old daughter burst out crying, not because buying a new fridge is certainly not in the budget right now (which is the reason I almost burst out crying), but because “I love that fridge!” and doesn’t want us to get a new one. She roamed the house crying […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2013)

Wow, 2013 is already one-twelfth over. With no time to waste, let’s go straight to the news… Manhattan Associates Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Performance UPS Achieves Record Earnings Per Share UPS Announces Withdrawal of Offer for TNT Express ATA Asks FMCSA to Delay New Driver Hours Rule (JOC) NRF Forecasts 3.4% Increase In Retail Sales For 2013 November 2012 U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada and Mexico Totaled $81.5 Billion EU, […]

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Clock Ticking on Hours of Service (and Other Trucking Risks)

It’s been more than a year since the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its final rule on Hours of Service (HOS) (read my comments at the time in “Hours of Service Rules Changed, But the Big Picture in Trucking Stays the Same”). The compliance date of July 1, 2013 seemed so far away back then, but with January almost over, the deadline for compliance is just a few calendar pages away. The table below summarizes […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Compliance Doesn’t Cost, It Pays

Traditional thinking is that government transportation compliance programs, such as hours of service (HOS) regulations, cost companies money. If the focus of your compliance efforts is solely to meet the regulation, then I concur. But, that approach is a lost opportunity to reduce operational costs through better driver and vehicle performance. Instead of just meeting the regulations, fleet operators need to look beyond to the benefits of telematics and advanced tracking systems to change driver […]

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Guest Commentary: How to Get a Read on Truckload Prices

Everyone wants to know where truckload prices are headed in 2012. To get closer to an answer, there are several factors to consider that may—or may not—affect pricing this year. For much of 2010 and 2011, the industry anticipated a “perfect storm” of regulation and legislation that would hit the market simultaneously, subsequently raising rates through the roof. But although rates have risen more than their historical average for the last two years, the perfect […]

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